Veteran midfielder Jonny Steele signed with Minnesota United FC. He played on two MLS teams the past three years, Real Salt Lake in 2012 and the New York Red Bulls in 2013 and part of 2014. He also was on Northern Ireland's national team in recent years.

"Jonny has had an amazing career in North America," United coach Manny Lagos said. "He has been a professional for a long time and is well respected for how he goes about playing the game.

"He brings global soccer experience and also understands the market here in America and how to excel at a high level. We are really excited to be getting a player who is hitting on all cylinders."

The Loons also extended the contract of midfielder Greg Jordan. He had a goal and three assists last season in 23 games.

Snocross at Canterbury

Many of the top extreme snowmobile riders in the country will compete in Canterbury Park's Pirtek Snocross National this weekend.

Racing begins at 1 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday with the pro race at 6 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $15 for the first day, $20 for the second.


• Megan Hasz of Alexandria High School was named Gatorade's Minnesota girls' cross-country runner of the year. The 5-4 junior won the Class 2A individual title in the state meet last fall and placed fifth at the Nike national meet.

• The St. Paul Saints have signed second baseman Sam Maus, a St. Olaf graduate who played 40 games with them last season as a rookie, and outfielder Willie Argo, who was in the Tampa Bay Rays organization for three seasons.

• Seniors Mark Jennings, Blayne Dulian and Justin Barber were named tri-captains for the Gophers' track and field team. Jennings and Barber are throwers, Dulian a distance runner.

• Outside hitters Sydney Hilley of Champlin Park, Brie Orr of Eagan and Claire Sheehan of Cambridge-Isanti are among's 30 finalists for sophomore of the year. Hilley and Orr are also setters.